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16 Day Sri Lanka and Maldives Tour Package

Sri Lanka's Cultural Highlights & Maldives Islands

This 16-day package of Sri Lanka and the Maldives will take you up into the misty mountain tops, to sun coated beaches and explore the national parks searching for elephants! Finish up with a relaxing time in the spectacular Maldives. 

UNESCO World Heritage sites, elephant 4x4 jeep safari, cooking classes, incredible wildlife, temple visits, bike tour though villages, surfing (optional), visit to spice garden amazing sunsets, tuk-tuk rides, whale watching (seasonal), trekking, tea plantations to pick tea with the locals, train rides, safari camping, snorkeling, resort day-trip

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: 70

Fitness Requirement: Normal fitness

What's included

  • One Life group leader, local Sri Lankan cultural guide, and private driver
  • All accommodation in fancy hotels and 2 funky hostels
  • Airport pickup on day 1
  • Welcome dinner
  • All breakfasts
  • All transport including vans, buses, tuk-tuks
  • Train ride on the ‘most beautiful train journey in the world’
  • Visit to the famous Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
  • Visit to the tea country estates to pick your own tea with locals
  • Visit to spice market and garden
  • Curry cooking lesson with locals
  • Guided walk to view Little Adam’s Peak
  • Hike to Ella Gap and the 9 Arches Bridge
  • Rural style safari camp
  • BBQ under the stars
  • Wild elephant safari in Udewalawe National Park
  • Guided nature walks
  • Entrance into the UNESCO World Heritage site Sigiriya
  • Visit to the Pidurangala Monastery 
  • Walk through the Dambulla Buddhist caves
  • Blue whale watching (seasonal)
  • Visit to a turtle hatchery and sanctuary to learn about sea turtles
  • Bike tour through rice paddies and local villages
  • Walk around the iconic Galle Fort
  • Half day snorkel trip in the Maldives inc lunch
  • Day trip to high-end resort inc lunch

What To Bring

  • Suncreeen
  • Walking Shoes
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Swimmers

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Itinerary

Day 1 : Welcome to Negombo
Arrive at any time at Negombo and your guide will meet you at the airport. Settle in to our accommodation and enjoy a free day to explore the canals, the lagoons or chill on the beach. In the evening we meet as a group and hit the town for a welcome dinner and drinks. Accommodation: Topaz Beach Resort
Meals :Dinner

Day 2 : Dambulla Caves
We start with a quick tour around Negombo’s famous market and lagoon. After, we then drive into the heart of the island, stop off for a delicious buffet lunch, before checking into a stunning hotel in Sigiriya. The afternoon is free to dip in the pool before meeting in the evening to explore the magnificent Dambulla Caves. Accommodation: Sorrowa Hotel, Sigiriya
Meals :Breakfast

Day 3 : Sigirya, The Lion’s Rock Fortress
In the morning we head out to climb the incredible Sigiriya Rock. After descending we then head over to the quiet buddhist monastery of Pidurangula to get an open and unobstructed shot of Sigiriya. From here you can also view the national parks of Minneriya and Kaudulla. Optional safari trips are available in the afternoon should a guest want to explore these national parks. Accommodation: Sorrowa Hotel, Sigiriya
Meals :Breakfast

Day 4 : Kandy
We leave Sigiriya early in the morning and head towards Kandy, stopping off at a spice garden on the way. In the afternoon we head to a quiet and small village where we will learn the secret to the Sri Lankan curry with an authentic and local cooking class. After, we will explore the beautiful surrounding area and see how the locals live. In the evening we will have a sunset stroll around the lake, visiting the crazy bazaar and trying some traditional snacks. Accommodation: Clock Inn Hostel, Kandy
Meals :Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : Temple of the Tooth
In the morning, we visit to the most important temple in Buddhist Culture, the Temple of the Tooth. After, we jump on the bus and travel through the mountainous region of the hill country. We stop by a functioning tea factory to learn how the tea is processed and ends up in your cup at home, whilst actually learning how different types of tea are made all from the same plant! By mid afternoon we will have arrived in Nuwara Eliya, where we will be boarding the train and taking the incredible 4hr journey to Ella. Accommodation: Alta Vista Hotel, Ella
Meals :Breakfast

Day 6 : Free morning and Trek Ella’s Mountains
We will meet in the afternoon to explore the hidden gems of Ella, we’ll view the 9 Arch Bridge, Ella Gap and then hike up Little Adam’s Peak for sunset. Accommodation: Alta Vista Hotel, Ella
Meals :Breakfast

Day 7 : Safari in Uda Walawe National Park
Leaving Ella in the morning we take the journey down to Uda Walawe National Park. Our hosts will greet us with welcome drinks and cook us a delicious Sri Lankan buffet lunch. After lunch we jump into jeeps and go on safari, searching the wilderness for herds of elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, monkeys, eagles, hawks, peacocks, mongoose and if you’re lucky, leopards. After driving round the park, we’ll head back to camp where our hosts will cook us a BBQ dinnerAccommodation: Gandhara Campsite
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 : Morning Nature Walk + Transfer to Mirissa
Start with an early morning guided walk to view the area around the campsite, we’ll then head south to the beach side town of Mirissa, check into our hotel and then have the afternoon free to explore the area. Accommodation: Randiya Beach Hotel
Meals :Breakfast

Day 9 : Whale Watching
Early in the morning we board one of the largest boats in the area and go out into the bay to view blue whales and dolphins swimming around the boats. Once we get back to the hotel, we’ll check out, grab some lunch and head to Hikkaduwa, arriving in the late afternoon. "Seasonal changes: Due to weather conditions, whale watching will not take place between July-Sept. Instead there will be an extra amazing safari game drive on day 3 in Minneriya National Park" Accommodation: Royal Beach Hotel
Meals :Breakfast

Day 10 : Bike Tours Around Galle
After breakfast we will make the 30 minute journey south to meet up with our bike tour guide who will take us on a relaxing bike ride around the rice fields and Galle area. In the afternoon we’ll stop by the incredible Galle Fort for lunch and souvenir shopping, arriving back at the hotel in the late afternoon. Accommodation: Royal Beach Hotel
Meals :Breakfast

Day 11 : Travel to Colombo
Enjoy a free morning in Hikkaduwa to lounge on the beach or take a surf lesson on the famous breaks close by. After lunch we will begin our 2 hour journey to Colombo where we’ll stop off on the way at a nearby Turtle sanctuary and view the moving Tsunami memorial. After checking in to our hostel in Colombo, you’ll have the afternoon to explore the Pettah markets or the museums close by. In the evening we’ll head out for our final evening together and explore the nightlife Colombo has to offer Accommodation: Bunkyard Hostel, Colombo
Meals :Breakfast

Day 12 : Travel to the Maldives
Inform your guide of your flight time and they will ensure that they will aid you in booking transport back to the airport to catch your flight (not included) to the Maldives to start your self-guided package. After arrival at Male International Airport (Velana International Airport), take a speed boat to Maafushi Island and check in to your beach-front hotel. Accommodation: Arena Beach Hotel
Meals :Breakfast

Day 13 : Snorkelling trip
Experience some of the clearest water on the planet! Today you will be taken by boat for half a day around some of the best snorkel sites in the area. Prepare to be surrounded by colourful fish and coral reefs to really see why the Maldives is so famous for its' sea life. Accommodation: Arena Beach Hotel
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14 : Resort Visit
No visit to the Maldives would be complete without a visit to one of the beautiful resort islands. In the morning a boat will pick you up and take you to a stunning beach resort for you to spend the day. Use the resort pool and facilities, have lunch at the restaurant (included), and soak up the tropical vibes.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15 : Free Day
This is your chance to make your own choices about what you'd like to do. Fancy doing a scuba dive? Want to go paddle-boarding over the clear waters? Or maybe you would prefer to just relax and have a few cocktails by the beach. Today is your day to do whatever you like! Accommodation: Arena Beach Hotel
Meals :Breakfast

Day 16 : Departure day
It's time to say goodbye to the Maldives. After breakfast, you will be picked up by speedboat and taken to Male International Airport to catch your flight to your next destination.
Meals :Breakfast

Pickups

Start Date 2018

Jan. 14, 2018

Jan. 31, 2018

Feb. 17, 2018

Mar. 5, 2018

Mar. 22, 2018

Apr. 20, 2018

May. 8, 2018

May. 30, 2018

Jun. 16, 2018

Jul. 4, 2018

Jul. 21, 2018

Aug. 8, 2018

Aug. 27, 2018

Sept. 13, 2018

Sept. 30, 2018

Oct. 16, 2018

Nov. 1, 2018

Nov. 17, 2018

Dec. 4, 2018

Dec. 20, 2018

Dec. 23, 2018

 

Start Date 2019

Jan. 7, 2019

Jan. 14, 2019

Jan. 21, 2019

Jan. 28, 2019

Feb. 4, 2019

Feb. 11, 2019

Feb. 18, 2019

Feb. 25, 2019

Mar. 4, 2019

Mar. 11, 2019

Mar. 18, 2019

Mar. 25, 2019

Apr. 1, 2019

Apr. 22, 2019

Apr. 29, 2019

May. 6, 2019

May. 13 , 2019

May. 20, 2019

May. 27, 2019

Jun. 10, 2019

Jun. 24, 2019

Jul. 8, 2019

Jul. 22, 2019

Jul. 29, 2019

Aug. 26, 2019

Sep. 9, 2019

Sep. 16, 2019

Sep. 23, 2019

Sep. 30, 2019

Oct. 7, 2019

Oct. 14, 2019

Oct. 21, 2019

Oct. 28, 2019

Nov. 4, 2019

Nov. 11, 2019

Nov. 18, 2019

Nov. 25, 2019

Dec. 2, 2019

Dec. 9, 2019

Dec. 16, 2019

Dec. 23, 2019

Dec. 27, 2019

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

  • Adventure

Available Extras

Flights to/from Maldives

Airport transfer to Colombo Int Airport 

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Recent Independent Reviews

  • On Tourradar May 7, 2019

    The tour was fantastic! It included everything that you would want to do in Sri Lanka from visiting all of the main attractions and taking in Sri Lankan culture. Simen was fantastic and went above and beyond. He arranged a minibus to diyaluma falls and came with us! Took all of the photos and made sure we were safe and had an amazing time! There’s just enough spare time offered on the tour to go off and do your own thing and Simen made sure we could do our own activiities for as cheap as possible, sometimes free and made the experience every bit as enjoyable! We are travelling for the whole year and this tour was hassle free and I didn’t have to plan or worry about a thing

    On Tourradar May 7, 2019

    Loved the entire Sri Lanka experience. Simen was an amazing guide despite everything that was going on at our time of travel. Would love to go back and see more of Sri Lanka one day

    On Tourradar May 7, 2019

    I absolutely loved the Sri Lanka tour! It was such an amazing experience and Simen was soooo awesome! And also the local guides did an excellent job. Everything was so well organized and Simen has always been open for changes in our tour if we wanted to. Even if the start of our tour has been overshadowed by the attacks - it didn't make my experience worse. Simen immediately got in contact with us because he knew we arrived a few days earlier. I appreciate that, because it's not obvious that a guide makes so much effort even if the tour hasn't started that time. Sri Lankans are so lovely and I felt safe the whole time. Despite that, Simen was always there if we had any doubts about our trip due to these circumstances. The activities we made were so cool and I saw a lot of this beautiful country. The accommodations were excellent as well and the service was a lot higher than my expectations. What an amazing and well organized holiday!

    On Tourradar May 7, 2019

    WOW! What an amazing tour! I loved every second of this tour from the stunning green mountains to the chilled coastline! The highlight of the tour for me was visiting Ella, a town that literally looked like a fairy tale! This was my second tour with Simen, after completing the Philippines! He will do ANYTHING for you and his smile and positivity keeps the energy of the tour alive!! Simen and the local tour guides were amazing throughout the tour and kept us all feeling super safe after what had occurred in Colombo! security is at every hotel and tourist attraction you visit and this makes you feel super safe and comfortable!!

    On Tourradar May 7, 2019

    The tour was amazing. Beautiful country. Simen was amazing - nothing was too much trouble for him and he really did go the extra mile to ensure we all had an incredible time. Simens local knowledge meant that we got the most out of the tour and met the most amazing local people. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting a real adventure. I felt totally safe in Sri Lanka... Simen and One Life went the extra mile at a difficult time for the country to ensure the safety of all those on the tour. Excellent experience!!